A 2nd and 3rd place at Moscow Raceway last weekend mean that Spengler now ranks 5th in the championship standings with three rounds to go.

Their lack of performance in Austria at the start of August now a distant memory, BMW returned to the front in Russia. At the wheel of his DTM M4 #7, Bruno quickly showed his strength by doing the third best time in Friday’s free practice (1’29″379) before topping the times of the Saturday morning session in the rain (1’39’820). The qualifying session for the first race was a bit of a disappointment for the Canadian driver as he could only manage 7th best (1’29’093).

The start of race 1 saw him gain a place and hold on to the leaders. He was then promoted to 4th, benefiting from a spectacular clash involving Mattias Ekström and Timo Glock who were just ahead of him. A last lap lunge landed him laurels when he overtook Jamie Green’s Audi in the last corner.

“I am very happy with the way the race panned out. I was able to close right in on Jamie Green, brake late and pass him on the final lap. It is obviously fantastic to pull off a manoeuvre like that in the final corner. That was great fun. This success, and the double podium, will give the mechanics and the entire BMW team an extra boost, particularly following the difficult races at the Red Bull Ring”.

The next day saw Spengler get good results again with a third best time in the qualifying session for race 2 (1’28″580). Ekström’s penalty for his optimistic move on Glock promoted Bruno to second on the grid.

Spengler made a good start and muscled shoulder to shoulder with Rockenfeller’s Audi for the lead, also having to fend off the aggressive attentions of BMW stable mate Maxime Martin, before establishing himself in second place albeit with a small gap to the leader. Spengler spent the first part of the race defending his position then a lightning speed pit stop courtesy of the MTEK BMW Team helped him go on the offensive again with new tires.

Performing well throughout the second half of the race, he saw the checkered flag in second position, making him one of the few drivers to get a double podium in the same meeting this season. His results also allowed him to climb to 5th in the championship table on 85 points with three rounds to go (Oschersleben, Nürburgring and Hockenheim).

“After my third place on Saturday, that was a fantastic result. Thank you very much to my team. The team was able to make even more significant improvements to the car, which allowed me to clock consistent lap times today. I am happy to have scored a lot of points in Russia, thanks to my two podium finishes. Unfortunately I was held up by Lucas Auer in the middle of the race – as were a few other drivers. Fortunately I was able to overtake him and then hang on to second place”.A 2nd and 3rd place at Moscow Raceway last weekend mean that Spengler now ranks 5th in the championship standings with three rounds to go.

Their lack of performance in Austria at the start of August now a distant memory, BMW returned to the front in Russia. At the wheel of his DTM M4 #7, Bruno quickly showed his strength by doing the third best time in Friday’s free practice (1’29″379) before topping the times of the Saturday morning session in the rain (1’39’820). The qualifying session for the first race was a bit of a disappointment for the Canadian driver as he could only manage 7th best (1’29’093).

The start of race 1 saw him gain a place and hold on to the leaders. He was then promoted to 4th, benefiting from a spectacular clash involving Mattias Ekström and Timo Glock who were just ahead of him. A last lap lunge landed him laurels when he overtook Jamie Green’s Audi in the last corner.

“I am very happy with the way the race panned out. I was able to close right in on Jamie Green, brake late and pass him on the final lap. It is obviously fantastic to pull off a manoeuvre like that in the final corner. That was great fun. This success, and the double podium, will give the mechanics and the entire BMW team an extra boost, particularly following the difficult races at the Red Bull Ring”.

The next day saw Spengler get good results again with a third best time in the qualifying session for race 2 (1’28″580). Ekström’s penalty for his optimistic move on Glock promoted Bruno to second on the grid.

Spengler made a good start and muscled shoulder to shoulder with Rockenfeller’s Audi for the lead, also having to fend off the aggressive attentions of BMW stable mate Maxime Martin, before establishing himself in second place albeit with a small gap to the leader. Spengler spent the first part of the race defending his position then a lightning speed pit stop courtesy of the MTEK BMW Team helped him go on the offensive again with new tires.

Performing well throughout the second half of the race, he saw the checkered flag in second position, making him one of the few drivers to get a double podium in the same meeting this season. His results also allowed him to climb to 5th in the championship table on 85 points with three rounds to go (Oschersleben, Nürburgring and Hockenheim).

“After my third place on Saturday, that was a fantastic result. Thank you very much to my team. The team was able to make even more significant improvements to the car, which allowed me to clock consistent lap times today. I am happy to have scored a lot of points in Russia, thanks to my two podium finishes. Unfortunately I was held up by Lucas Auer in the middle of the race – as were a few other drivers. Fortunately I was able to overtake him and then hang on to second place”.Avec une 3e et une 2e place, à l’issue des deux courses disputées ce week-end sur le Moscow Raceway, Bruno Spengler remonte au 5e rang du classement du championnat avant les trois derniers meetings de la saison.

En difficulté lors des courses de Spielberg début août, les BMW ont connu un net regain de forme à l’occasion de l’étape russe du calendrier DTM. Au volant de la M4 DTM n°7, Bruno Spengler se portait rapidement aux avant-postes lors des essais libres (1’29’’379), se classant 3e de la première séance du vendredi, avant de signer le meilleur temps absolu de la seconde séance, disputée sous la pluie samedi matin (1’39’’820). En qualification, le pilote canadien était toutefois sensiblement déçu après n’avoir pu faire mieux que le 7e temps des qualifications (1’29’’093).

Au départ de la course 1, le champion 2012 gagne une place, et accroche le train des leaders. Quatrième après l’accrochage entre Timo Glock et Mattias Ekström, il revient en fin de course sur l’Audi de Jamie Green, qu’il dépasse à l’extérieur dans le dernier virage.

« Je suis très heureux de la façon dont la course s’est conclue », expliquait-il à l’issue de la première manche. « J’ai pu réduire l’écart sur Jamie Green, freiné tard et le passer dans le dernier tour. C’est évidemment fantastique de porter une attaque comme celle-ci dans le dernier tour. C’est très excitant. Ce succès, et ce double podium (Marco Wittmann terminait deuxième) est une belle récompense pour les mécaniciens et toute l’équipe BMW, surtout après les courses difficiles du Red Bull Ring ».

Le lendemain, Bruno Spengler poursuit sur la même dynamique, et signe cette fois le 3e meilleur chrono de la qualification pour la course 2 (1’28’’580) et s’élance finalement de la première ligne après la pénalité de Ekström.

Au départ, le pilote canadien défie l’Audi du poleman Mike Rockenfeller, se porte à sa hauteur dans les premiers virages, mais conserve finalement sa deuxième place. Après avoir défendu sa position lors de la première partie de la course, Bruno Spengler repart au combat après un changement de pneumatiques éclair de la part de l’équipe MTEK BMW. Rapide en fin de course, il passe la ligne d’arrivée au deuxième rang. Il est l’un des rares pilotes à signer un double podium sur un même meeting cette saison. De plus, il grimpe au 5e rang du championnat alors que trois meetings (Oschersleben, Nürburgring et Hockenheim) restent à disputer.

« Après ma troisième place de la veille, c’est un résultat fantastique. Je remercie mon équipe, qui a su faire progresser encore la voiture, me permettant d’aligner des tours constants en course. Je suis heureux d’avoir inscrit autant de points en Russie, grâce à mes deux podiums. Malheureusement, j’ai été gêné par la Mercedes de Lucas Auer en milieu de course, comme l’ont été d’autres pilotes. J’ai pu tout de même le dépasser et accrocher la deuxième place ».